Are 24 hours enough to spend in Dallas? While there are heaps of things to see and do in Dallas, it is possible to cram an epic experience into one day. Here is how we would spend our time if we only had 24 hours of fun times in Dallas. Let’s get this party started!
It’s breakfast time and you can get fuelled up for your action-packed day in Dallas at Buzz Brews Kitchen. Start the day right with eggs, oatmeal, vegan sliders or gluten-free blueberry pancakes – yum! The atmosphere is awesome, too with funky decor and professional staff who are upbeat and friendly. All-you-can-drink coffee is an added bonus to this eclectic eatery with delicious food.
Hit the hiking trail nice and early before it gets too hot. The Oak Cliff Nature Preserve is a gorgeous location with a fine collection of easy to moderate walking and biking trails. Immerse yourself in nature and along the scenic way, you will see art sculptures that are Instagram-worthy and also a place to rest.
Dallas has a vibrant arts scene and the best place to experience it is the arts district in the downtown area. With museums, performance spaces, theatres and art galleries, there is plenty to see. You need a few hours to see the highlights, which include the Meyerson Symphony Center, the grand Winspear Opera House and the iconic Dallas Museum of Art. Art, history and culture lovers will be inspired wandering around the fascinating arts district that has something for everyone.
Pro tip: Plan what you want to see before arriving in Dallas since the arts district covers a large area of 19 blocks. More places you might want to include on your schedule are:
Deep Ellum is another artsy part of Dallas worth exploring and if you are staying near there, maybe you can squeeze it into your day. You can see a lot of street art and murals in the Deep Ellum area.
Texan flavors are a must when you are having brunch or lunch in the city of Dallas. The dining options are wide with everything from quick cafe bites to leisurely lunches at well-known restaurants to fantastic food court dishes.
If you want to be fancy, we highly recommend Gorji Restaurant in North Dallas. This adults-only fine dining restaurant has excellent steak and seafood dishes. You will be guaranteed an intimate dining experience with only seven tables in the entire restaurant. Quality wines are on the menu, which your experienced waiter will be happy to recommend.
For a more laid-back vibe, try the Thirsty Lion Gastropub and Grill. It is still upscale, but the atmosphere is more relaxed. The owners wanted to blend the traditional values of European and American pubs where people could gather to socialize and enjoy great food and drink. Go for the spicy fried chicken and waffles or Lion’s Burger if you are feeling really hungry.
Fine dining food trucks are a thing in Dallas so if you see one, don’t miss at least trying a snack if you’ve already had lunch.
A trip to Dallas wouldn’t be complete without a shopping spree. Fun fact: Dallas has more shopping centers per capita than any other American city. News that is sure to light up the smile of shopaholics on vacation in Dallas.
Start bashing your credit card at the charming outdoor shopping center of West Village that is overflowing with luxury stores and stylish boutiques. Then head to NorthPark Center for brands such as Roberto Cavalli, massive department stores like Neiman Marcus and Macy’s and heaps of cafes, restaurants, art galleries and other interesting places to see.
It’s easy to get lost in Galleria Dallas with over 200 stores, so you can shop till you drop.
You might need to drop your purchases back at the hotel and maybe grab a quick shower to refresh yourself for the afternoon’s adventures. If you want to get dressed up for the evening, now is the time.
See the city up high from the Reunion Tower built-in 1978. You can see epic views of Dallas from the top and it is 560 feet above the ground, so if you are scared of heights, you might like to skip this popular tourist attraction.
The futuristic design of the tower can be seen from around the city but from the top of the tower on the GeO-deck is a not-to-be-missed experience. The tower has interactive maps and an exterior 360° walkway for the bravest souls. After dark, it is lit up with lights and makes an amazing sight.
Trinity Groves is an excellent area for dinner and drinks. This 15-acre area has many restaurants to choose from amongst a host of entertainment venues in renovated industrial warehouses. It was created to help new restaurants and businesses have a vibrant location to operate from and proved a success from the start. The vibe is cool and funky, with a strong community feel.
Pro Tip: Take a stroll to the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge lookout and enjoy the urban night views.
At nighttime, Dallas comes alive (even more than during the day). For a fun night on the town, there are clubs, bars, pubs and entertainment venues. You can even find karaoke bars and there are often shows, events and concerts happening in the city.
One place we always like to go to in Dallas is Bitter End in Deep Ellum. Start the night off with some exotic raw oysters and then wow over the impressive cocktail menu. It’s a fun place to go with a group of people and the music is upbeat and cool. We love the colorful retro wall art and the comfy leather sofas.
If you like tradition, the Inwood Tavern is the oldest bar in Dallas, having been operating for over 50 years. Expect soul, character and charm but nothing too fancy. Drinks come in red plastic cups, and you might have to line up to reach the bar during happy hour. This place is a favorite for locals who love to share stories about the past.
To live it up, hit Foundation Room on the second floor of House of Blues. Lush interiors, fine cocktails, and soulful music set the scene for the festive night ahead. There is an outdoor patio to admire the city lights then you can head back to the cocoon where waiters take care of your every need. Awesome DJs make sure the dance floor is always pumping.
Trick Pony is a cool cocktail bar and speakeasy in Deep Ellum. Styled to a new look several times a year to match the cocktail menu, it is an alluring place to drink and be merry. Find out the current theme when you get there and you could find yourself in the tropics or a setting that is futuristic, retro, historic or rock and roll. Part of the surprise that happens every 3- 4 months keeps locals coming back and intrigues visitors to the city.
Head to the popular Candleroom for your last stop of the night. This cool club plays modern dance tunes for a classy crowd who love the candlelit space. For groups and special events, you can make reservations. They often have special events and guest DJs. Don’t miss it! It’s open until late, but you probably have to be at the airport early to catch your flight to the next destination, so don’t stay out too late!
What a whirlwind of a trip to Dallas, the second-largest city in the state! We are sure the full-on adventure left you loving Dallas and perhaps planning on returning another time to experience more of what the city offers. It is an exciting travel destination where there is always something going on.
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